Here are some of our picks this month for places to go, see and experience now or soon! So do it and tell them DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!
Stay: Reynolds House, 111 S. Seventh Ave, Sturgeon Bay, offers three guest rooms and a private upper level suite in a 1900 house that has been renovated over the years and became a B&B in 1998. Enjoy original finishes and architectural features of this building including original maple floors, original light fixtures, leaded glass windows, oak woodwork, fret work and pretty oak fireplace in the living room.
Breakfast, prepared by Heather Hull, your host and innkeeper, includes cold and hot courses. Accommodations have private baths, cable television, DVD/VCR, air conditioning and windows in rooms.
Specials vary from discounts on room rates to packages that include spa visits, tours in Door County and more. Check out, for example, the Isn't it Romantic package and the Swedish Massage package.
Choose from rooms (named after apple varieties) that include the Granny Smith guest room, a spacious and bright room with a bay window. It's outfitted with a gas fireplace, which is original to the home. A focal point is the 19th-century oak sleigh bed. One guest testimonial shares, "The details are amazing-starched, ironed sheets! We feel so spoiled."
The Cortland guest room is adorned with a 19th-century chamfered bed and a Franklin stove. The bathroom's highlights include an original claw foot tub and pedestal sink as well as a window affording abundant natural light.
The pretty Macintosh room has an adjoining spacious bathroom with a whirlpool tub surrounded by wainscoted walls. The room has exposed pine floors and a vintage oak chamfered bed.
On the upper level one finds the spacious Winesap suite, affording guests three rooms to enjoy. The bedroom has Victorian oak furnishings and a queen-size bed, while the sitting room has a fireplace and peaked ceiling. This spacious bathroom has a whirlpool tub and a vanity and chair.
The breakfast is all about casual elegance. The innkeeper Heather, who has won awards for her culinary skills, presents cold and hot courses such as pear with raspberry sauce followed by blueberry French toast. Heather has also come up with her own "101 things to do in Door County." On her list are fun activities, purchases and experiences such as "learn about egg tempera painting at the Miller Art Museum" and "climb Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park."
Find the Reynolds House bed and breakfast and other places open year-round at www.doorcountynavigator.com. Read our Trusted Review of Reynolds House.
Eat: Another option for dining in Door County is Cooper's Corner in Fish Creek. This building was originally established in 1945 by Campbell and Crummell and locally known as the C&C Supper Club. The place was rebuilt just a couple years ago, and is a real focal point in this intimate downtown area. Traditional dinner favorites include the home-style chicken pot pie and the French onion braised meatloaf. Hours this time of year are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Must see/do: Check out beautiful sculptures being carved from blocks of ice during the Fire and Ice Festival in Sturgeon Bay Feb. 14 - 16. On Saturday, Feb. 15, a city-wide ice-carving competition by local artists and professional carvers takes place. People can vote for their favorite sculpture in a People's Choice Award competition. Also, see ice carvings around town in Fish Creek during the area's 27th annual Fish Creek Winter Festival Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. See February Calendar of Events.
Chic shopping : And while you are in Fish Creek, treat yourself to a luxury bath or skin care product at Bath, Body and Soul Essentials. Home accents and clothing are also available. City Farmer home and garden store, Ephraim, has some items marked 50% off (part of their annual inventory reduction sale). For antiques lovers, Door County Traders has moved to an expanded store on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.
For arts lovers: In town Fish Creek is home to T&R Pottery showing functional and decorative pottery. And see our story below for a highlight in the Door County's performing arts scene.